The Nut Blog

Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products is 25 Years Old!

25 Year Anniversary

Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us! This month marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products! It all started when Maisie was just 17 and was raising sheep for a Future Farmers of America (FFA) project. At the time her family had been growing almonds for three generations and […]

Posted on October 23rd, 2018

Gift Baskets All Year Round from Maisie Jane’s

Large Family Fun Gift Basket

Almost everyone knows that Maisie Jane’s is the place to shop for the most wonderful selection of gourmet gift baskets for Holiday season gift-giving. Filled with curated groupings of Maisie Jane’s nut products and a wide assortment of delightful offerings from other local farmers and artisans, a beautifully decorated gift basket from Maisie Jane’s is […]

Posted on October 18th, 2018

What Could We Do with Almond Hulls?

Almonds and Almond Hulls

Did you know that for every pound of almonds produced we’re also left with two pounds of almond hulls? That adds up to about 40,000 tons produced in California each year—an enormous amount of potential debris! Luckily, there are many uses for almond hulls. For example, ground hulls are rich in sugar, nutritious minerals and […]

Posted on October 16th, 2018

Creamy Vegan Tomato and Butternut Squash Soup with Cashew Butter

Soup

Chico weather is SO weird these days. Summer was hot, hot, hot and I’ve been longing for relief. Finally, Fall arrived and the temperatures plummeted 20 degrees overnight! Almost immediately afterwards we were deluged with rain. People are complaining but not me! I love it when the season changes and I get to shut the air […]

Posted on October 11th, 2018

Are non GMO Products Best For You?

Non GMO Verified

There is a great deal of controversy about whether GMO products are harmful. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are made by scientists in a laboratory by removing a gene from the DNA of another organism, (plant, animal, bacterium, or virus) and adding them into the DNA of the plant or animal they want to alter. That sounds […]

Posted on October 9th, 2018

Special for Pumpkin Spice Season – Spiced Pumpkin Almond Butter (Recipe)

Is it Pumpkin Spice season yet? It must be because it’s Pun’kin Patch Corner time at Maisie Jane’s! That’s when we welcome you all to the farm for pumpkin family adventures and it starts THIS week. Come by 3764 Hegan Lane in Chico for the next several weekends from 10 am – 5 pm for […]

Posted on October 4th, 2018

Why I Love Almond Butter – It’s Savory and Sweet!

Organic Smooth Almond Butter

The other night as I was adding our Maisie Jane’s Smooth Almond Butter to sliced cooked bananas and mangos, I found myself wondering “should I add a little chile pepper to this or a sweet spice like nutmeg or cinnamon?” I went for the chile pepper—it was awesome and went perfectly with a little yogurt […]

Posted on October 2nd, 2018

Want to Improve Your Mood? Eat More Nuts!

Woman in a Good Mood

Followers of this blog know by now that nuts can be a wonderful part of a healthy diet for physical reasons. They are full of protein and lots of good nutrients and, when eaten in moderation, studies have shown that they can help lower your risk of heart disease, help control diabetes, lower your bad […]

Posted on September 27th, 2018

Are You Eating a Nut or a Seed?

Nuts and Seeds

Or could it be both? It turns out that nuts are seeds but not all seeds are nuts. And then there are foods we popularly call nuts that might technically be considered fruit! AND there are nut-like seeds found inside some fruits that are botanically called something else altogether: drupes! It’s all so confusing. I […]

Posted on September 25th, 2018

Make Your Own Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Is there any tradition more delightful than enjoying a lovely espresso coffee drink served with a crunchy almond biscotti? I don’t think so! Biscotti, also known as cantucci, are twice-baked Italian almond biscuits invented by pastry chef Antonio Mattei in the nineteenth century. His original recipe used no form of yeast or fat but today most biscotti recipes […]

Posted on September 20th, 2018